The Roosevelt Project

The Gulf Study

THE GULF case study includes counties surrounding the Texas and Louisiana border, a region that contributes substantially to American oil and gas production in the US and its related petrochemical and chemicals’ industries. Texas alone is home to 37% of total US crude oil production, 24% total natural gas production, in addition to the most installed wind energy. This region will experience adverse effects due to climate change and potentially experience an economic downturn if decarbonization plans are not designed with economic resilience in mind. Climate change will pose high water stress that will affect agriculture and impact oil and gas production. Rising global temperatures will also increase hurricane and tornado risks. Economic and climate impacts will vary depending on region, but its distributed, unique strengths are accessible to solve such challenges.

 

Study Team Members

Jason W. Beckfield
Case Study Lead

Richard L. Schmalensee
MIT Faculty Collaborator

Mary C. Waters
Harvard Faculty Collaborator

Brianna Castro
Harvard Research Assistant

D. A. Evrard
Harvard Research Assistant

Darryle Ulama
MIT Research Assistant 

 

Study Research Partners

Devin Booker
Xavier University of Louisiana

Christine DeMyers *
Arizona State University

Kristina Peterson *
Lowlander Center

Ayodele Theard-Lewis
Xavier University of Louisiana

*Note: These members also serve on the Study Advisory Board
 

Study Advisory Board

Kathleen Cooper
Southern Methodist University

Albert Girgis
Williams

Jeff Hebert
HRA Advisors

Amy Bellone-Hite
Xavier University of Louisiana

Keala J. Hughes
RESTORE Council

Kenneth B. Medlock III
Rice University

Julie Nelson
Cheniere

Brittany L. Tarufelli
Louisiana State University

Beverly L. Wright
Deep South Center for Environmental Justice